Brexit - suppliers and the supply chain

Brexit - suppliers and the supply chain

Beyond the OEMs, the recent referendum vote will herald some extraordinary changes in financial terms and legislation for the whole automotive sector in Europe and beyond.

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President of the Council of the EU Donald Tusk commented on the outcome of the referendum in the UK: "There's no hiding the fact that we wanted a different outcome of yesterday's referendum. I am fully aware of how serious, or even dramatic, this moment is politically. And there's no way of predicting all the political consequences of this event, especially for the UK. It is a historic moment but for sure not a moment for hysterical reactions.

"I want to reassure everyone that we are prepared also for this negative scenario. As you know the EU is not only a fair-weather project. Over the past two days I have spoken to all the EU leaders, I mean Prime Ministers and Presidents as well as heads of the EU institutions, about the possibility of a Brexit. Today, on behalf of the 27 leaders I can say that we are determined to keep our unity as 27. For all of us, the Union is the framework for our common future.

"I would also like to reassure you that there will be no legal vacuum. Until the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union, EU law will continue to apply to and within the UK. And by this I mean rights and obligations. All the procedures for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU are clear and set out in the Treaties. In order to discuss the details of further proceedings, I have offered the leaders an informal meeting of the twenty seven in the margins of the European Council summit. And I will also propose to the leaders that we start a wider reflection on the future of our Union.

"Finally, it's true that the past years have been the most difficult ones in the history of our Union. But I always remember what my father used to tell me: What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. While there will be a period of uncertainty, we cannot forecast what our moves will be."

The supplier view

Of all the suppliers we contacted, only Bosch was prepared to make a statement. It said: "The EU is a successful project. We are disappointed by the decision to take the UK out of the world's largest single market, not only for economic reasons. The long-term economic consequences will only become apparent gradually.

"We are currently examining the effects of leaving the EU on our business. In addition, we have already put precautionary measures in place. For example, we have significantly raised our hedging ratios in order to counteract a possible depreciation of the British pound. We currently do not have any plans to scale back our capital expenditure in the United Kingdom.

"At present, it is too early to comment on the possible consequences. As we are traditionally well represented in many European markets, we will likely be less affected than companies that use the UK as a base into Europe."

The supply chain impact of the Brexit

Global supply chain management specialist GT Nexus has given us their analysis of the situation. Bryan Nella, Senior Director, Corporate Communications told us: "Now that the political war of words between the Brexit and Bremain camps has been resolved, the next steps for the business community will focus on stability. ­ Beyond the headlines of financial market stability there is going to arise questions over the free movement of physical goods and capital. This starts with assessment of the impacts to supply chain networks that may occur as a result of a decision by Britain to leave the EU. This will be followed by identification of necessary actions to untangle and re-wire the complex connections of global trade to fit the forthcoming landscape.

"Britain will now need to work on establishing new trading agreements with the European Union and potentially new trading arrangements with non-EU countries. What is certain is any new trade barriers will affect global supply chain structures and operations. Simple transactions which would otherwise be carried out straightforwardly may get more complex and cause uncertainty, for example the release and payment of goods. Organisations may incur excess costs, shipment delays and more custom/border patrolling.

"A Brexit - like any other socio-economical-political change - brings unprecedented levels of risk, challenges and friction to global trade. Socio-economical-political change can have as much of an impact to supply chains as a natural disaster or unforeseen disruption. A first step is to make an assessment of inventory whereabouts, sourcing constraints and trading partners affected by Brexit. "Those companies that are a step ahead on the digital transformation journey who have a holistic digital view of their supply network will be able to rapidly assess the state of business and begin planning for the unwinding process to come. Those companies who can make rapid adjustments to their network in light of this news will be more resilient to the changes to come, and faster to forge ahead in the new post-EU world. Hard wired supply chains will suffer more than those based on a network ­which can be more responsive and agile."

Around the associations

The trade body for the UK automotive sector, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), reacted to the result of the referendum on June 24. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "The British public has chosen a new future out of Europe. Government must now maintain economic stability and secure a deal with the EU which safeguards UK automotive interests.
"This includes securing tariff-free access to European and other global markets, ensuring we can recruit talent from the EU and the rest of the world and making the UK the most competitive place in Europe for automotive investment."

The aftermarket and service parts sector

For this business segment the impact is likely to be felt sharply in the short term; parts imported from the EU will be more costly as sterling falls against the Euro. The long term implications are hard to forecast and Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) chief executive Wendy Williamson said: "The result of the referendum has caused an immediate reaction both in Europe and the markets, and the government must now work quickly to ensure economic stability over the coming weeks and months as part of the UK's political and economic negotiations with the EU.

"We do not envisage any immediate impact on the UK aftermarket and will continue to work closely with our colleagues throughout Europe to see what this result means for the UK independent aftermarket and the automotive industry as a whole.

"After further exploration of this political restructure, we will analyse the effect it may have on current legislation and keep all of our members updated with the latest information at every opportunity."

Freight Transport Association (FTA)

FTA Chief Executive David Wells said: "Even though we are coming out of Europe politically, it remains our biggest export market and the supplier of a high proportion of our imports. We cannot allow new bureaucratic burdens to hamper the efficient movement of exports heading for customers and imported goods destined for British consumers."

"The Government has two years to ensure the conditions currently imposed on other non-EU member states such as Albania and Serbia are not imposed on UK freight flows. Norway and Switzerland have better arrangements but have accepted tough conditions including the free movement of people, so this will be a difficult negotiation.

"Britain may be out of Europe but it's not out of business and FTA will be leading the campaign on behalf of exporters and importers to keep trade procedures simple and the costs of international transport down."

Car insurance

Road risk insurance policies are also governed by many EU laws and the British Insurance Brokers' Association has recognised the difficulties that lie ahead. A BIBA spokesman said: "This is an unprecedented situation for the UK and BIBA is conscious that this will create a considerable amount of work and concern amongst members and their customers. The process of negotiating exit terms, setting out future arrangements with the EU and creating trading deals is likely to take some considerable time and will impact our industry during that period." The out vote could also see the recently increased premiums for women (actually the removal of the historic discount for female drivers) reversed, as this was decided by EU legislators.

Fuel costs

In the shorter term, the falling pound - which lost 10% of its value in the hours following the vote - means the price of petrol and diesel could rise.

In a statement on June 24, the lobbying group FairFuelUK said: "We are hearing that major oil supplying countries may differentiate oil prices for the UK and EU States following Vote Leave's victory in the EU Referendum. In particular through oil supplied by Russia. This is of course a major concern to 1.3 million FairFuelUK's supporters who as with the 2015 General Election predicted this week's EU Referendum outcome spot-on."

Howard Cox founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign commented: "Any knee jerk reprisal by penalising UK drivers with higher prices at the pumps through higher oil prices, is nothing short of opportunistic, vindictive and unnecessary. We are horror-struck that there is hear-say, no matter if it is just grapevine gossip, that global oil prices may now be manipulated by economic region. We hope the new Brexit Government Team will ensure 37 million UK drivers are not discriminated against. The Brexit victory shows it is London's Westminster bubble that has been out of touch with the wider majority and it is the greedy currency speculators and parts of fuel supply chain who will probably unscrupulously hike pump prices simply because of this unanticipated result."


FTA says exit negotiations must ensure the goods keep moving

FTA says exit negotiations must ensure the goods keep moving

Following the announcement of a ‘leave’ result in the EU referendum, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says coming out of union risks new costs, restrictions and bureaucratic requirements being imposed on moving goods in and out of Europe.

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These additional burdens could add costs for FTA members and disrupt the UK's supply chains. The Government has two years to negotiate the new rules – one example is the need for international road transport customs carnets, last used by the UK in 1992, which are required to allow goods to move under customs control across international borders.

FTA is calling on the Government to prioritise arrangements for international freight transport in its negotiations, minimising additional legislation and keeping costs as low as possible for British businesses.

FTA Chief Executive David Wells said: "Even though we are coming out of Europe politically, it remains our biggest export market and the supplier of a high proportion of our imports. We cannot allow new bureaucratic burdens to hamper the efficient movement of exports heading for customers and imported goods destined for British consumers."

FTA will be regularly updating its members on progress and pressing the Government to put freight transport at the top of the agenda.

Wells said: "The Government has two years to ensure the conditions currently imposed on other non-EU member states such as Albania and Serbia are not imposed on UK freight flows. Norway and Switzerland have better arrangements but have accepted tough conditions including the free movement of people, so this will be a difficult negotiation.

"Britain may be out of Europe but it's not out of business and FTA will be leading the campaign on behalf of exporters and importers to keep trade procedures simple and the costs of international transport down."

Rhenus Logistics calls on freight industry to be ‘SOLAS aware’ ahead of legislation changes

Rhenus Logistics calls on freight industry to be ‘SOLAS aware’ ahead of legislation changes

Rhenus Logistics is urging the freight industry to take note of new regulations for providing Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for SOLAS, which comes into effect on July 1, 2016.

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In recent years, incorrectly weighted containers have been the cause of a number of major incidents and accidents with vessels. The amendments to the VGM standard have therefore been introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as part of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS). The new legislation requirement is designed to drive-up safety across the sector and reduce the possibility of damage to stock in transit.

The intention of the new SOLAS VGM requirement is to achieve an accurate gross weight of packed containers so that vessel and terminal operators can prepare vessel stowage plans before loading cargo on containerships.

As SOLAS forms part of the IMO, all countries which are IMO members – which includes the majority of states in the European Union – will also be obliged to comply.

Primary requirements of the new VGM regulation state:

  • The VGM is composed of cargo weight, including dunnage materials and tare weight of container
  • The shipper is in charge of providing the VGM to the carrier in reasonable time prior to vessel loading
  • The carrier is responsible for declaring the VGM to its terminal

David Williams, Managing Director of Rhenus UK, said: "The implementation of the SOLAS VGM is changeable and subject to local conditions, requirements and global infrastructural challenges. We do know, however, that it will be effective as of July 1, so shippers should look to achieve compliance by the end of June.

"This is an important piece of legislation aiming to increase standards of safety across the logistics sector. Rhenus Logistics will be able to provide a range of VGM services for our customers, so we'd urge those looking for more information to get in touch"

UPS driver training centre opens in West Boylston, Massachussets

UPS driver training centre opens in West Boylston, Massachussets

UPS integrad training features 'experiential learning' approach.

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UPS has announced the opening of its ninth next generation driver training facility in West Boylston, Mass. Since the first UPS Integrad site opened in Landover, Maryland, US in 2007, the company has seen dramatic improvements in safety, production and service indices, as well as a reduction in turnover.

UPS initially worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech and the Institute for the Future to study the way young people learn in an increasingly computerised culture.

Curriculum in the one-week course teaches drivers through 'experiential learning' that emphasises hands-on, 'real life' scenarios. Prior to UPS Integrad training, the majority of initial driver training was classroom- and lecture-based. Now, drivers practice delivery methods in a realistic setting on an outside course designed to mimic a small town called, Clarkville USA. Arrayed with small houses, street signs and even a dog bowl to alert drivers of the presence of a dog, Clarkville provides realism in a controlled environment.

"Integrad curriculum teaches drivers time-tested methods in a setting that mirrors reality," said Joe Finamore, UPS Vice President of Global Leadership and Talent Development. "This style of training suits young applicants who learn better by doing. It ultimately improves customer service, safety and job satisfaction."

A significant portion of training at UPS Integrad is focused on safe driving, and is designed to enhance the company's already strong road safety accomplishments. UPS currently employs more than 8,700 'Circle of Honour' drivers who have driven 25 years or more without an accident. "The sophisticated training at Integrad, and our focus on new learning styles will guarantee a new generation of Circle of Honor drivers," said UPS Integrad Expansion Director Jeanne Lawrence.

The West Boylston site joins new facilities in Atlanta, McKinney, Texas and Menlo Park, California. Other US locations include suburban Chicago, Phoenix, Portland and Landover. UPS also recently announced a new location in Cologne, Germany.

Road Haulage Association renews its call to deploy the French military at Calais

Road Haulage Association renews its call to deploy the French military at Calais

The Road Haulage Association has renewed its call for urgent deployment of the French military to restore law and order at Calais.

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This follows news that the Port of Calais has once again become the target for migrants, intent on reaching the UK on the back of UK-bound trucks.

Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: "With the EU Referendum just two days away, this is a momentous week for UK business in general and international hauliers in particular.

"The increase in security at Calais following the migrant action earlier this year was, without doubt effective. However, the violence we have seen over the past couple of days clearly demonstrates that the positive effects were temporary.

"It is clear that security at the Port must, once again must be increased and we stand firm by our original call to deploy the French military – not just within the Port area but also on the approach roads."

Commenting earlier this year, President of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region, Xavier Bertrand said: "If Britain leaves Europe, right away the border will leave Calais and go to Dover. We will not continue to guard the border for Britain if it's no longer in the European Union."

Concluding, Richard Burnett said: "If Border Force controls revert to British soil, then vehicle checks become our responsibility, and migrants will already be on this side of the Channel before being discovered."

TruckStop Group becomes PACT enabled

TruckStop Group becomes PACT enabled

CV parts distributor, TruckStop Group, has adopted the electronic trading initiative, PACT, streamlining communication with suppliers and significantly reducing costs.

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PACT supports the distributor's effective supply of component parts for commercial vehicle, bus, coach, plant and truck applications from its three branches in Redditch, Worcester and its newly opened base in Birmingham.

PACT automates procedures from a distributor's business management system to a PACT supplier in an efficient manner, dealing with processes such as stock enquiries and ordering and the exchange of order acknowledgements, dispatch notes and invoices, which are proven to improve internal processes and also help eradicate the supply of incorrect parts.

Matt Stiley, TruckStop Group Managing Director, said: "It's a steady process but we are beginning to experience the benefits of electronic trading through PACT. Looking ahead, we are making the trading process a lot more efficient and accurate, while reducing internal operational costs."

PACT currently works with 80 leading passenger car and CV parts suppliers. These suppliers, including Bosch, Juratek, Mann + Hummel, Schaeffler and Tenneco, have access to more than 2000 'buyer' locations throughout the UK.

Peter Hollowood of PACT said: "It's an exciting time as we are seeing a significant growth in the number of CV parts distributors becoming PACT enabled and with an increase of suppliers also coming on board, distributors can greatly benefit from the electronic connection.

"Electronic trading is revolutionising the entire industry; buyers now receive instant visibility of a connected supplier's wide range of parts, allowing them to purchase products while freeing up the workforce to focus on other areas of the business."

PACT provides a free audit to suppliers to determine their electronic trading usage, ranging from the number of transactions and volume of data exchanged, in order to arrive at a cost for implementation within the network.

Automotive sector told that logistics industry must embrace technology faster

Automotive sector told that logistics industry must embrace technology faster

Europe’s largest independent 4PL provider and Honda UK came together at a CILT event to explain why the logistics industry must accelerate the use of technology to manage transport processes more efficiently in the automotive industry.

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3T Logistics hosted the 'Rise of the Machines' event for transport and purchasing managers at their Leicestershire headquarters on June 14. Over 20 attendees from the automotive, 3PL and education sectors were present.

At the event, 3T's CEO Steve Twydell gave his views on the culture of the logistics industry and the current problems that the industry is facing with technology. Business Development Manager Steve Holmes then went on to outline 3T's vision for the future of transport management.

They were joined by David Cole of Honda UK Manufacturing who explained to the audience how the company has used transport management systems to reduce transport cost and improve efficiency, moving their manufacturing inbound transport management process in-house.

"The technology that we now have access to is capable of completely transforming the way transport is managed - but in my experience, the industry has been relatively slow to access that technology," commented Steve Twydell.

"We find that organisations are using a variety of systems with a lack of standardisation. Where systems are in place, many lack capacity to manage the sheer complexity of the European transport market. There is so much untapped potential for optimising transport through automation and the application of new technology that the industry simply can't afford to ignore."

Steve Holmes demonstrated how automated systems such as 3T's Solo product can help organisations revolutionise their logistics processes. He also introduced 3T's latest product DOCK, a standalone loading bay management application developed in-house.

"Carriers can be apprehensive of automation, while companies often abdicate responsibility and hand it to a traditional 3PL," added Steve. "Unfortunately, 3PLs have their own issues and tend to be reactive, finding answers that are specific to each problem rather than looking for ways to apply generic solutions.

"The audience were very impressed when we showed them what Solo.DOCK and INFORM can do and several have requested meetings to find out more about how our technology could help them."

A cloud based app, DOCK can be downloaded and set up to a customer's specific requirements without the need for any intervention from 3T. It helps manage capacity and improve resource management against a live interactive schedule.

Thailand: an increasingly important vehicle hub for Indochina

Thailand: an increasingly important vehicle hub for Indochina

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has expanded its distribution network to serve the region better.

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WWL has had a presence in Thailand since 1999, with its vehicle distribution facility based near the main port of Laem Chabang.

From there, it provides an extensive factory-to-dealer network to neighbouring countries, including Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It carries out inspections, value-added services, storage and distribution for both the export market and the region with a fleet of 100 car carriers. And it also handles customs formalities for many of its customers.

"We can provide the full chain of services from the end of the production line or from terminal to delivery at the dealer, including the customs clearance and value-added services," said Sirapon Amornsakaya, Head of WWL's Land-Based Operations in South East Asia.

"Around 2.5 million vehicles are produced in Thailand annually, and being at the heart of the region we are ideally placed to carry out customers' distribution needs directly from their factories to the dealership or to the port terminal for onward shipping."

Thailand has the region's largest deep-sea port, an extensive, good-quality road network and border connections with all the main destination countries.

"When you consider that there are some 160 million people in these countries, demand for regionally built vehicles will only grow in the next few years," Amornsakaya added.

Coupled with this, member states of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) are set to implement new regulations that will incentivise and boost trade amongst the nations. And although there are still border restrictions between some countries, these are expected to ease in the coming years as links between the AEC countries grow.

A range of transport options

WWL already has several dedicated logistics routes established. For example, WWL regularly transports finished vehicles using the same bonded truck and trailer all the way from Laem Chabang to dealers in Laos. This journey typically takes around eight hours.

WWL is also aiming to set up a route from Thailand to Vietnam, with many cities just over 1,000 kilometres away, but at the moment there are still border restrictions. The distance from Laem Chabang port to Hanoi is just 1,500 kilometres, and the trip can be done in just two days, much shorter than by sea. So lifting the restrictions would give customers a significant advantage.

In Myanmar, WWL has established a company in Yangon to facilitate distribution from Yangon port to dealers in Yangon city, as well as upcountry to Naypyidaw and Mandalay. WWL is now gearing up to make the connection with the Thai trucks at the border so it can move vehicles across to Myanmar from Thailand. Myanmar has completed a new motorway from Yangon to the Thai border, meaning that Yangon is only 1,000 kilometres from Laem Chabang port.

"With 57 million people in Myanmar, it certainly makes sense for them to source their vehicles from nearby Thailand than import them from Japan, the US or Europe," said Amornsakaya.

In Cambodia, Thai trucks transporting the vehicles can only drive 11 kilometres into a free trade zone past the border at the moment. Therefore, WWL works with a local Cambodian partner that transports the units to Phnom Penh and other destinations in Cambodia. "This is much more efficient than shipping via Sihanoukville Port in Cambodia."

Typically, there are two to three trips to Cambodia every fortnight. WWL hopes that border restrictions will be lifted soon, making it possible to travel beyond Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, for example.

A more frequent service

Using Thailand as a hub for exports to nearby markets reduces the lead time considerably and means that inland shipments can be consolidated, so they are much more frequent.

"We can take vehicles from different customers and consolidate them onto a truck," Amornsakaya commented. "They then don't have to wait until the truck is full before it leaves, making it possible to transport the vehicles in smaller but more regular shipments.

"Ultimately, a manufacturer doesn't want to produce a unit and let it sit in stock, waiting for a vessel. WWL can immediately take the vehicle on our trucks for distribution to the end destination, reducing both inventory costs and lead time."

Russian export centre and GEFCO sign agreement to provide exporting companies with global support

Russian export centre and GEFCO sign agreement to provide exporting companies with global support

GEFCO, a member of RZD Russian Railways and the company 'Russian Export Centre' have signed a cooperation agreement to provide Russian and international exporting companies with global logistics solutions.

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This strategic partnership aims at enhancing Russian export capacities, starting from the automotive field to other strategic manufacturing sectors.

An official ceremony for the cooperation agreement signing between the Joint Stock Company 'Russian Export Centre', represented by its General Director, Peter Fradkov, and the GEFCO group, represented by its the Chairman of the Management Board, Luc Nadal was held within the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Combining complementary expertise

With this agreement, Russian Export Centre and GEFCO commit themselves to a three-year cooperation to support Russian and Russia-based exporters from the manufacturing sectors. The two parties will use the potential and expertise of each other to implement practical measures in order to support exporters and facilitate long-term access to foreign markets.

As a state export support institution, established as a part of Vnesheconombank with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation, Russian Export Centre will provide Russian exporters with legal, financing and business development advice.

As a global logistics integrator with a 65-year expertise in managing complex supply chains, GEFCO will bring door-to-door logistics and transport solutions and an access to its global network. Due to the support of Russian Railways, its main shareholder, and its presence on the Russian market since 2003, GEFCO will make the logistics bridge for exporting companies.

More precisely, the know-how of Russian Export Centre and GEFCO will provide their customers and partners with following benefits:

• Knowledge of key markets (with preliminary study, up to the final implementation of logistics scheme)
• Access to a global network of agents and carriers in more than 150 countries
• Door-to-door solutions, including Customs and Tax clearance services, with high-level and homogeneous standards of operational services
• Financing capabilities

Enhancing Russian export capabilities

Thanks to the cooperation agreement and the informational support of REC, GEFCO will have the opportunity to leverage its awareness in Russia and will supply its expertise on general procedures of export logistics operations.

GEFCO will accompany the Russian export companies for building up their export strategic plan and market penetration.

"I am really happy to sign this cooperation between GEFCO and Russian Export Centre. As the head of a global logistics provider, I know how strategic logistics and transport are strategic for companies looking for international growth. I personally see this agreement as a strategic partnership that can significantly help Russian companies to face worldwide competition and get sustainable positions in the global economy," said Luc Nadal.

Petr Fradkov, who is acting as a General Director of REC since its founding, commented the dealing: "GEFCO is an acknowledged global expert in the sphere of logistics with a great history and impeccable reputation. The company has been working in Russia for more than 10 years, having a wide representative office system in the country. That is why we are happy to start our cooperative work as part of the signed agreement. This will allow us not just to share our experience in export development and exporters support, but also to implement large-scale projects, arrange industry conferences, exchange information and experience in logistics and tax procedures, budgeting, supply optimisation and a wide range of other processes. I am sure that cooperation between Russian export centre and GEFCO Group will be mutually beneficial and successful."

Acumen invests in new vehicles

Acumen invests in new vehicles

Acumen Automotive Logistics has purchased an additional four new Scania tractor units to service further business won over the past six months.

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The Coventry and Northampton based company has substantially expanded its fleet over the past 12 months bringing the total number of trucks in the fleet to 50. The new trucks will be based at Burnaston and represent an investment of £¾ million by parent company Acumen Logistics Group.

The Scania are each equipped with 6x2 Euro 6 engine and fully automatic 12-speed Opticruise gearbox. The vehicle's adaptive cruise control (ACC) assists the driver in maintaining a steady pre-set speed thereby enabling the engine to work at optimum performance. In addition, an Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) helps reduce collision risk by using long range radar, mounted behind the front grille, to alert the driver prior to a potential collision. The system issues visual and audible prompts to warn the driver so he can take control.

Equipped with sleeping compartments the trucks have full contract maintenance agreements with Scania and Hunwick Engineering the transporter manufacturers.

Managing Director, Chris Doughty said: "We ordered the Scania latest generation TE +11 Evo 8 transporter body and trailer as they are equipped with electronic start/stop which can be operated from three separate places. The prime mover has the latest designed top deck with new positions for cars five and six. The new design enables a smoother transition allowing the driver to reverse cars up to the peak thereby enabling greater flexibility to configure and ease the loading in these positions."

The new trucks underline Acumen's continuing investment to provide its customers with the latest technology as well as its commitment to reducing carbon emissions. In addition to its extensive fleet of car transporters the company operates a wide range of equipment including specialist enclosed car transporters, articulated vehicles and curtain sided rigids & trailers.

In conclusion, Chris Doughty said: "Acumen's on-going investment in new equipment, products and services is helping our continued expansion within the finished vehicle market in addition to enabling us to more efficiently manage our customers' requirements."

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